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Whirlwind - I'm married!

Friday, July 08, 2011

Brad and I got married on Tuesday morning. It was just the two of us at the courthouse - very private and wonderful. I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.

We have been together for over seven years - we have a house together, we moved up to this place together, so it kind of felt like we were already married (and definitely in a good way). We wanted to get married last summer, but his work (argh) kind of kept us from that. So this was it. The day after school let out, we went to get our marriage license. In PA you have to wait three days, so we picked it up on the following Tuesday.

After I came back from my trip to New Orleans, we called the courthouse to schedule a day. And July 5th it was! I have to say - the non-stress of the day was nice. We woke up, had some breakfast together, sat around for a while, and then got ready. I think the drive there was longer than the ceremony! We had this cute old man judge, and he commented on how happy I looked. After he married us, he smiled and told me that I was beaming the whole time. It was so special.

I was in NYC on June 30 with a friend, and she helped me pick out a dress. We went into Anthropolgie (our favorite store!) and it just jumped out at me. It was the first one I tried on. So it's a happy day. I'm not going to change my name yet - we have paperwork in to Canada to see if we can live there (they cashed our check, so that's really good news!) and I think it will be confusing and/or a pain in the rear if my paperwork has one name on it and I am really another name. But I think I'm going to make address labels with our name on it... any thoughts about that? AAAH and what am I going to have the kids call me in the fall? Can they call me my married name even though I'm not legally changing it yet? So much to think about!

But for now, I'm just going to enjoy my married life with my hubs.

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JEM0622 7/16/2011 11:00AM

    Congrats! Pretty dress! Remember to never go to bed angry. Life's too short emoticon

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NINJALINDA 7/16/2011 10:54AM

    emoticon That is a beautiful dress - you look fabulous!

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LALAFLOWERS 7/16/2011 7:49AM

    Congrats! So happy to hear this! Enjoy your honeymoon, and all the craziness that you seem to have going on this summer!

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PILLOWFOOL 7/16/2011 5:15AM

    HOLY COW!!!! I've been away from spark for FAR too long. SOOOO Happy for you! Congrats and a half my love. Enjoy married life!!!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 7/10/2011 11:14PM

    Aw!!!!! That is such wonderful news! I'm so happy for you both.
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    You too just look so perfect. What a lovely, lovely way to celebrate your commitment to each other! Congratulations again!

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FLYSHOPGIRL 7/8/2011 10:50PM

    Congratulations!! You guys look absolutely radiant :) The love oozes through the pic!!

I have a Brad with an (argh!) work situation as well :) Hopefully I can post something similar soon!

When my friend got married mid-school year, she let the kids call her whichever they were comfortable with--her own name or her married name. She had a conversation with them about why people change their last names and stuff. Explained why hers wasn't completely changed yet and all the legal stuff that went along with it. She taught 2nd grade, so tweak according to what your kids want/need to know.

Again, many felicitations!! :)

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BOOSMOM03 7/8/2011 10:36PM

    Congratulations! This sounds like a perfect wedding to me. :)

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LEARNING2LUVME 7/8/2011 10:12PM

    Congratulations, that is so awesome, and you looked great!!! :)

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 7/8/2011 10:03PM

    Congrats! that sounds like a WONDERFUL wedding day! I agree with another poster here; I know lots of married professional women who keep their last name legally but introduce themselves as Mrs. so-and-so. It's like people who have a nickname they prefer over their first name :) Enjoy being married!

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I-HAVE-A-DREAM 7/8/2011 9:02PM

  Love your dress! Glad you are happy. You can introduce yourself as Mrs. whatever his last name is weather you change your name or not you are still Mrs. so and so. Lots of professional women retain there name when they get married ,but since you are young and children may be in your future I would change it as soon as you can. Here is wishing you lots of happiness now and in the future. Hugs, Taylor

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CASSIOEPIA 7/8/2011 8:20PM

    Yes, enjoy your whole summer! Here in our school, all the female teachers are addressed with the Ms. title, instead of Miss or Mrs.

Good luck with the papers.

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    Congratulations! You both look so happy together!

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LINDA! 7/8/2011 7:48PM

    You are so lucky to marry your best friend. Have a wonderful life together!!! emoticon emoticon

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CAMROLA 7/8/2011 7:36PM

    Thrilled for you--you LOOK SO HAPPY!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 7/8/2011 7:23PM

    emoticon Best wishes for a long and happy married life together emoticon

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MIAMIA7 7/8/2011 6:07PM

    Carrie-you made me smile with this blog! So happy for you. It definitely shows on your faces in the pictures! By the way...LOVE the's perfect!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 7/8/2011 4:54PM

    emoticon emoticon Hope you have a very, very long and happy life together!!

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    aww - how wonderful!

best wishes to both of you as you start off on your married life together!

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CAROLCRC 7/8/2011 3:55PM

    Wonderful! Re the names - get the residency figured out then decide about the names. I never changed mine - only an issue with the hospital and the kids teachers - everyone else was fine.

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RDARLING 7/8/2011 3:44PM

    Congrats to you! I had a teacher that had her students call her by her married name before she was married. She got married after the school year started and thought it might be confusing to them. Do whatever you feel comfortable with!

congrats again!

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MARIAGRACE111 7/8/2011 1:52PM

    Congratulations! Best wishes to you!

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LYNNANN43 7/8/2011 1:50PM

    You look so happy & beautiful!

CONGRATS to you & Brad!!! emoticon

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BOBBYD31 7/8/2011 1:43PM

    congrats! i hope to meet brad someday

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COOPSM 7/8/2011 1:33PM

    Congrats to the both of you!!! You both are beaming!!! Canada??? Who knew, hope it all works out for you!!!

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JUDYFRANCE 7/8/2011 12:23PM

    Holy Toledo! I go on a business trip and come home to find out you went and got hitched! Congratulations!!!
On the name change thing....I use my maiden name on everything to do with business and my married name on everything to do with family. Since I work internationally and live in a small, out-of-the-way city, the two names have not yet clashed. I have accidently introduced myself many times, however.

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    LOVE the pic!! and the dress! You 2 are a beautiful couple!!!

Once again..congratas!!!!

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THE_JENCH 7/8/2011 10:25AM

    congrats! A wonderful way to start your summer, and a beautiful dress too!

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/8/2011 10:24AM

    Congratulations to you and your new hubby! I wish you many, many years of wedded bless!!! emoticon

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REDHEADMOM2U 7/8/2011 10:22AM

    Congrats! Mt students used my married name before I was able to get the districtbto change it too...

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MELISSAJANEY 7/8/2011 10:16AM

    How beautiful! There are so many women who focus on the wedding and not the marriage. You did it right!

Bless you and may you have a wonderful life!

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PINKCOCONUT 7/8/2011 10:08AM

    AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!

Confession: I already thought you guys WERE married! LOL

How amazing and it sounds so sweet and lovely and I'm just beaming!

Also...give me the skinny on movin' up to Canada!!! Are you still coming to T.O. or somewhere else?!

So happy for you!!!

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MUFFIY831 7/8/2011 9:59AM

    Such wonderful news. Congratulations and best wishes to you both M(r)s. WhateverYourNameIs.

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JORDANA84 7/8/2011 9:55AM

    emoticon That's how I want to get married too, stress free drama free! :)

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CHELLES_BELLS 7/8/2011 9:54AM

    Oh! How beautiful and perfect. Gosh, I love these stories!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/8/2011 9:45AM

    Wishing you both many happy, wonderful years together.

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Saturday, July 02, 2011

So my vacation to New Orleans was nice... I went with my mom for a long weekend. While I had fun, I also came to the conclusion that NO isn't really a "mom and me" kind of vacation place. We had a good time, but it's hard to enjoy Bourbon Street with your mom.

I came home from NO and found out that someone was in our house AGAIN. It kind of negated any kind of excitement I had about going away. I was so sad and depressed over it... I felt so stupid that I left the door unlocked, and I hate feeling like a sucker. Ugh.

A little bit ago, two guys from the neighborhood came over to talk about some stuff, and I am glad they did. I felt a little better knowing that someone else was looking out for us.

But ever since our house got broken into the *first* time, I haven't really felt like myself. I didn't want to go to the gym, I didn't care that I wasn't eating any fresh fruit or veggies, and I just didn't feel like doing anything. I felt unsafe in my own home. And on some level, I still feel unsafe in my home. I keep expecting to see someone looking in our back window or coming down to the front door. It's a really crappy feeling.

So yesterday I was a total lump, but today was a big step for me. I cleaned up the downstairs, threw some stuff away and organized like crazy, and I made it to the gym first thing in the morning. I can't remember the last time I felt like being productive.

And there is more good news! My honey, Brad, got a new job! He is the executive chef at a new restaurant that is opening in the middle of July. It's super exciting because he was hired as the head chef. Which is a big deal! Not just becoming the head chef, but getting hired as the head chef. I am SOOOO excited for him. He's been coming home happy, and since they are still the in the pre-opening stages, he isn't cooking all night. We have been getting to spend lots of time together - we even got to go out to eat earlier this week! It's been SO long since we've had so much time together. I am very happy about this.

We even get to go to his cousin's 4th of July picnic! The cousin with the great house and the beautiful pool. I guess if I knew we were going earlier, I would have been a little more careful about what I ate. But I didn't know, so oh well. I am just glad to be getting time with Brad.

So tonight we are grilling and drinking mojitos. Brad is out taking a walk, but when he comes back we will start the grill and have some steak.

My next mojito will have a little more sugar in it... off to work on that!

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MIAMIA7 7/7/2011 8:46PM

    Carrie-first..Yay and Congrats on getting married! Second-Boo on the second break in. I think it is perfectly normal to feel so out of sorts after being a victim of a crime...especially two crimes. I am glad you are feeling better and great news on the new job for Brad! (Does this mean you are putting the move on hold?). I do think a dog might be a good idea (saw someone suggested that). I really think they deter criminals. Hang in there!

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    OMG! another breakin-how stinky! But YAY and super congratulations on being "Mrs. Brad"!!!!! I'm thrilled for you...and those steaks and mojitos sound delicious-I hope you enjoyed the heck outta them:)

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 7/6/2011 12:34PM

    Hey Chickie!

Ahhgg! That sucks about the second break-in. We leave our doors unlocked all the time, but then, we live in a sleepy little town...I don't know what I'd do if I had to be careful all the time.

Awesome about Brad's new job, though! That is so cool!

I went to my cousin's 4th of July/birthday party - my dad brought a potato cannon. Wha?!! Why does my dad own a potato cannon? We shot about 15 pounds of potatoes onto the roof of my cousin's house.

My life will be going through some HUGE changes here in a month or so - some good, some not-so-good...but I'll keep you posted. Right now I'm too crazy-busy to be on SP much.

Thanks for the spark-goodie! I hope your summer improves!

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GROOVYCHICK9 7/3/2011 4:30PM

    Sorry about the break ins. It is hard to feel safe. I too second or third the alarm either the doggie kind or one that you can set when you are on vacation. Congrats on Brad's new job!!!! How exciting for the both of you.

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CAMROLA 7/3/2011 10:42AM

    Carrie, so sorry about the additional break-in, and I'm still so impressed how you're maintaining perspective. I second that emotion on the alarm, if only for your peace of mind.

I'm thrilled for Brad's promo--great news, and a positive development you're embracing. So happy for you!

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    I am afraid to say this - but you might not have left the door unlocked - it might have been left unlocked after the break-in.

You might want to consider a 4-legged alarm. When I lived alone, my dog was the best protection money could buy. The builder cut a wire and unlocked my door to come in and turn off the circuits so he could fix the wires outside - and my dog closed the door on him. He was so rattled that he didn't even reach inside to re-lock the door. Until he told my mom (her house) I mistakenly thought I must have left the door unlocked! I only learned of it when I called my mother to apologize for leaving the house without locking the door.

On another note, I can totally relate to not enjoying Bourbon Street with your mom, lol. Mothers are for shopping!

Enjoy Mom for as long as you are blessed to have her.

WTG on your DH's new position! What kind of cooking? Just being nosy!

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EATNBOOGERS 7/3/2011 12:59AM

    I agree with the sentiment of the others... and yes, maybe an alarm? Go Brad! woo hoo!

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CASSIOEPIA 7/2/2011 9:52PM

    Congratulations to Brad - that's awesome!

Perhaps it would be a good time to look into an alarm system. Some of them around here are about the same price per month as having the Internet hooked up. Likely would be a good investment in your piece of mind.

Great job on turning things around, organizing, cleaning, and hitting the gym. What a great way to use up that negative energy.

Glad you're back!

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COOPSM 7/2/2011 9:33PM

    Carrie---sorry to read of that break in....congrats to Brad!!!! WOOHOO!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/2/2011 7:34PM

    Sorry about the 2nd break-in...awful...but so glad about your man's new position!

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SOOOOOO excited.

Monday, June 20, 2011

I love going to Manhattan. It's one of my very favorite places to be. Doesn't matter what part of the city, I just love it.

Today I'm staying in mid-town to do some shopping. My best friend needs a dress for a wedding (not a wedding dress) so I suggested we take the bus into New York and look for a dress there! So while she looks for a dress, I am keeping my eyes peeled for some new jeans, a summer purse, some red canvas TOMS, and a summer dress.

We'll spend a little time in Central Park - the weather is looking to be beautiful today!

I love to shop, I really do. And I know enough about myself that I know whatever I buy will be something I will use a lot.

And I'm leaving on Thursday for New Orleans - I can't wait. I just got an e-mail from my mom that we have reservations at Emeril's restaurant for Sunday night. I LOVE me some Cajun and Creole cooking. But I think I'll do my best to stick with the crawfish and stay away from the etouffee (sp?).

There is a dove walking around our porch. I almost shooed it away, but I think I'll leave it there. Better than a woodpecker destroying our house.

Have a super day!

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EATNBOOGERS 7/1/2011 12:16PM

    Hey, I just got back from NYC. My first time. I think I don't like it as much as you. ;-)

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 6/29/2011 1:14PM

    I hope you had a great trip! I'm finding it hard to be on SP much, but I wanted to stop by and say hi! Did you buy anything cool in NY?

I hope you've had a great June!

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COOPSM 6/22/2011 8:52PM

    Carrie--I am sure you enjoyed the City....have a great time in NOLA!!! Safe travels!!!

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ROOT4HOME 6/20/2011 12:09PM

    What a fun trip!! NY & awesome!

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CASSIOEPIA 6/20/2011 9:40AM

    Have fun today (although it already sounds like you have that part covered).

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CHELLES_BELLS 6/20/2011 9:30AM

    How fun! Sounds like a perfect day!

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MUFFIY831 6/20/2011 8:28AM

    Your summer's off to an awesome start! Have fun in NYC and NO!! :)

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Today was a busy day! I:

- baked a loaf of lentil-curry bread
- changed a lock
- used the caulking gun to fix some floor runners in the kitchen and bathroom
- hung up some stuff in the basement stairway
- did some laundry
- went for a two mile walk with honey
- wrapped a baby shower present
- cleaned out two closets
- organized videos and DVDs
- cleaned out a box in the basement and threw some stuff away

Phew! I am tired.

Tomorrow I am going to NYC with my bestie - going to do some shopping and walking. It looks like it's going to be a nice day! I LOVE the city!!!

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GOEGIRL 6/19/2011 11:34PM

    You know you don't have to get your ENTIRE to do list done on the first weekend of vacation! lol - good for you!!

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CASSIOEPIA 6/19/2011 11:31PM

    Have fun tomorrow! Sounds like you had quite a productive day.

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ETTEZEUS 6/19/2011 9:54PM

    Have a great time in the city!

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Friday, June 17, 2011

What a wonderful way to start my summer vacation!

Lots of quality time with honey, a healthy lunch, a mid-morning swim, some on-line shopping, a good (cheap!) bottle of wine...


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SEPPIESUSAN 6/19/2011 8:24AM

    My last day of school is Thursday...I cannot wait to be writing a blog like this soon!!!

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NICOFTHYME 6/18/2011 8:02AM

    Sounds delightful...ENJOY! emoticon

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    Sounds perfect...and cheap wine tastes better in my opinion.

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CASSIOEPIA 6/17/2011 9:06PM

    emoticon Enjoy!

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